Meredith Chartier developed a love for cooking as a young girl, helping her mother, aunt, and grandmother prepare family meals. This passion stayed with her, even as she went on to become an elementary school teacher. After 10 years of teaching, Meredith's good friend––a pastry chef by trade––offered her the opportunity to create the savory portion of a sweet-and-savory soiree for a client. In doing so, Meredith discovered that cooking was truly what she wanted to do for a living, and less than a year later she launched Bellamy Kitchen.
As the chef behind Bellamy Kitchen, Meredith puts her teaching skills to use designing lesson plans for in-home cooking courses. She also builds menus for catered events and helps people organize their kitchens. She does it all with an eye toward sustainability, getting her produce from the local Catalpa Ridge Farm, composting all food waste, and using packaging that can be recycled or at least turned into a cool hat.
The party planners at Last Night Out LLC work to make the final moments of singledom for grooms- and brides-to-be truly special. They also aim to ease the stresses of bridal-party members in charge of running the show by devising custom bachelor and bachelorette party itineraries. Regardless of the party's location, the specialists take the grunt work out of making arrangements for hotels, clubs, and transportation, planning activities such as spa days and booze cruises anywhere in the country.
If the walls at Studio L Dance Co. could talk, they'd most likely talk about how jealous they are of the staff's dancing adventures. The toe-tapping pros have experience performing at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show, have toured with Shakira, and have danced on Broadway.
Now, assembled under one roof, the instructors draw from the lessons they've learned to lead a new generation of dancers in dance classes and summer camps. Youngsters with dreams of gracefully flitting over the boards learn the ropes in ballet, tap, or jazz sessions, while others who feel the yard hasn't yet been sufficiently stomped can sign up for hip hop classes. Courses for boys only let little fellas dance with likeminded compadres while learning physical self-awareness, flexibility, and creative thinking—attributes each of the dance classes strive to impart. Kids who want to seriously pursue a career in dancing or become the ballerina inside a music box can get a taste for it in the competitive dance team.
At Replay Studios, four wood-floored, soundproof-tiled studios surround the musicians who come in to take classes, record, or just knock out a quick rehearsal. One of the four even houses a dedicated drum studio, where percussively minded musicians can visit and practice independently. No matter which studio they choose, students can study proper drum and guitar techniques under the tutelage of the center’s seasoned instructors. In addition to teaching private lessons, instructors also group kids and teens into rock bands during after-school sessions. These extensive rock- and pop-based programs include guided jam sessions, band coaching opportunities, and summertime rock intensives.
Your day begins, a la James Bond, in the elegant confines of Classic Car Club Manhattan at 9 a.m. with coffee and a briefing on each car. Once you're fully educated on what makes the Nissan GT-R, F430 Ferrari, Lamborghini Gallardo, Shelby Cobra, and others so darn cool, you'll get to tear up some road matter with each of them, with lunch served along the way. You'll be back at Classic Car Club by 5 p.m., just in time for a cocktail hour, during which you may chat with your fellow drivers about which ride was the sweetest. Or you can just sit and make dazed vroom-vroom noises for the entire hour. Classic Car Club Manhattan is used to that.
Staggering zombies, blood-soaked surgeons, and a cast of demons await visitors who dare to wander the dark-themed chambers and passages inside Blood Manor. Deemed too scary for children under 14 without adult supervision, the Manor's 5,000 square feet is crammed with disorienting strobe lights, horrifying props, and a cast of performers dedicated to eliciting screams from even the steeliest-nerved guests. But guests need not fear for their safety, as the staff has a no-touching rule.